Sunny Sundays

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I’m not feeling to good today and staying in bed all morning with nothing to watch on television has given me way too much time to think so I thought I’d come up with a way of brightening up my day instead of sulking and feeling sorry for myself. So here are a short list of things that make me happy.

Carbs. I know this sounds terrible but I love bread, pasta, rice etc! I’m sorry but you can’t convince me to take them out of my diet. The end.

Spicy anything. I hate to make this a list of foods but I can’t live without spicy food. If it were up to me, everything would be spicy. I add red peppers to almost every dish I cook. Well, almost every dish I cook for myself.

Cleaning. I have a habit of channeling Monica Geller when it comes to a clean house. I clean every morning, no matter how little of a mess the apartment is in. I’m not home most of the day and I like coming home to a clean bedroom. I couldn’t sleep otherwise.

Art. I wouldn’t have gone to art school if it didn’t make me happy.

PMS color swatches. They are expensive but when I find them, I keep them. I think it’s just the designer in me but they have provided so much inspiration in my art and other life choices. Weird and kind of dorky, I know but I love them.

I guess I better save some for another Sunday. Feel free to make your own Sunny Sunday list!

My Recent Projects

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Now that I am a graduate (and currently unemployed) I have had plenty of free time between interviews, freelance work and job applications to take on projects during the summer. Before I decided out of the blue that I was going to art school, I wanted to be a writer. I remember swapping stories with my high school English teacher in the early mornings before class and writing plot lines in my notebook during math class. That’s probably why I did so terribly on math test but that’s a story for another blog. Anyway, I had (and still have) a very vivid imagination. Oddly enough, a very vivid but realistic one. I don’t know if that makes sense but it’s the only way I can describe it.

My best friend Ariana and I would always write stories. Unlike most friends, we didn’t do too many things besides concert going together but we were still able to be as close as sisters. We didn’t even plan to go to the same college so naturally, when we went on our own paths we drifted away. I moved to a new state and started school and she stayed behind to do the same and we never had time for one another. We communicated occasionally but we just didn’t have the time. Lately, our passion for writing has added a spark back to our friendship and I must say, I’m enjoying every second of it.

Last December, I mentioned to her that I was writing a story and she quickly revealed to me that she was doing the same. For the first time in a long time, I felt like we were hanging out again. We talked for hours about coming together for a project and it just felt right. After a few days of brainstorming, we finalized our plans to write a collection of love stories and publish them. Whether it be self published or picked up by a publisher and now, here we are. I’m in the final stages of putting this book together and getting out there. We didn’t really care if other people liked our writing. It was something that brought us closer together. Something that we both gave great dedication.

The name of the book is Collective Short Stories, Volume one: Love. It contains six short love stories that are both realistic and fantastical. We do plan on coming out with other volumes in the future. We both had a great time writing and sharing with one another and we want to do the same with you. The book is not entirely ready but you can download a sneak preview with the link below! We hope you enjoy it!

Download a Preview of Collective Short Stories, Volume one: Love!

So Much To Talk About

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I know it has been a really long time since I have blog but school kept me really busy. I’m excited because It was so easy for me to return with the same love for blogging that I had before I left. I know tons of people that got busy and left their sites behind but I’m happy to start up again and I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new one!

Like the title says, I have so much to talk about. My life has changed, for the better, over the last six months that I have to share. Of course there have been some downs among the ups but I’m loving life.

First off, I am officially a college Graduate! Yup, you are reading the rants of a certified Advertising/Graphic Designer. Now, I will admit that my degree says I have one in Specialized Technologies and instead of it reading “majoring in Design” it just says “art” but hey! It’s a degree. Even though my school was entirely too lazy to separate the design majors from the illustration majors. It’s all good!

Secondly, I am the author of a Children’s Book! I wrote and illustrated the thing myself. It’s so weird. I had the idea for the story on the bus on my way to school so, I wrote it down on a napkin. Next thing I know, I’m spending my nights producing sketches and coloring images in Adobe Illustrator. My original plan was to use it in my senior showcase but word got around and people began requesting copies of it. Now, My book finished and on sale! The title of the story is What Love Is Like and it is the sweetest little story. I swear.

I’m also in the works of writing and designing a second book. Although it is a collection of love stories, It’s not for little children but it is/will be really romantic. I tackled this project with my best friend Ariana, who has joined me in running my portfolio/project site Reticent Studio. Check it out!

Even with all of this craziness, I was able to finish all of my projects for my senior showcase (Which I will have pictures of soon!) and was able to get my first freelance job that got me a pretty hefty check!

Hey? Did I say how happy I was? But enough about me. How are you?!